Founder & Head, Infrastructure Ideas
Bernie Sheahan is currently founder and head of Infrastructure Ideas, a forum for addressing infrastructure gaps globally. From 1986 through 2017, Bernie held a number of positions at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank group. From 2010 to 2017 Bernie led IFC’s infrastructure team, overseeing financings of over $25 billion in energy, transport, utilities and extractives in emerging markets. Under Bernie’s leadership, IFC became the largest cross-border investor in renewable energy in emerging markets, investing over $12 billion in more than 50 countries. Bernie also served as Director of IFC’s Public-Private Partnership advisory business, growing this into one of the largest transaction advisory teams worldwide, and Director of Strategy for the IFC. In the latter capacity Bernie led the integration of sustainability into IFC’s operations, and negotiated the Equator Principles with their founding commercial banks. Bernie has been a visiting lecturer at Georgetown University, John Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies, and George Washington University. He holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Dartmouth College.